Tom Hiddleston talks about Loki's journey in a lengthy new Thor 2 interview. Is Joseph Kosinski too busy to direct Tron 3? Some old favorites are returning to Doctor Who in 2014. Robert Kirkman explains the main questions of Walking Dead season four. Spoilers ahead!
Rumor has it that the hunt is down to two contenders to play Hank Pym: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd. While it's possible that a new name will emerge, these are apparently the two who will be meeting with Marvel and Edgar Wright. [Slashfilm]
Thor: The Dark World
Along with the new footage shown in China, there's an in-depth video interview with Tom Hiddleston. [Comic Book Resources]
Untitled Joseph Kosinski Project
Oblivion and TRON: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski was just attached to a super-secret spec project written by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers. This is on top of Kosinski's recent commitment to direct the upcoming Twilight Zone movie, plus the fact that he's still actively developing both Tron 3 and The Black Hole. The latter already got a little further along when it got a new writer earlier this year.
So now it's a question of which of these projects will happen first. The new project seems to be in the early stages, but it's at least conceivable that it could push back Twilight Zone, TRON 3, and The Black Hole, given the reported high six-figure sum paid for the screenplay, and the fact that it was apparently based on Kosinski's own idea. [Deadline via Screenrant]
Independence Day 2
Don't count Will Smith out for the sequels yet – so long as they're filmed soon. Smith says he has only a few years of "running and jumping" movies left before he has to leave action movies behind forever. So all those rumors about him returning will remain rumors if they don't lock him down soon. [Digital Spy]
DreamWorks has acquired the rights to the not-yet-released science fiction thriller by John Twelve Hawks. No in-depth description of the novel is around, but it does take place in a world without freedom and self-determination. The book is due out in October 2014. [Deadline]
Legendary has picked up a science-fiction script from Burn Notice's Lisa Joy. Details are sketchy, but it was reportedly bought for seven figures, which leads to the conclusion that someone really liked it. That number, and Legendary's past, also indicate that it's probably a genre tent pole film.
The first two episodes of Peter Capaldi's tenure as the Doctor will be directed by Ben Wheatley, who said:
I am very excited and honoured to be asked to direct the first two episodes of the new series of Doctor Who. I’ve been a fan since childhood (Tom Baker is my Doctor if you are asking). I’ve been watching the current run of Doctor who with my son and have discovered it all over again. The work that has been done is amazing. I’m really looking forward to working with Peter Capaldi and finding out where Steven Moffat is planning to take the new Doctor.
In that season will also be Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint and Commander Strax, who are confirmed to be returning in season 8. Neve McIntosh has said:
We'll be helping the Doctor more, but I can't say anything else.
Meanwhile, Moffat is in favor of a Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover. But he's not convinced Hollywood would let that happen:
Star Trek and Doctor Who together? It would be brilliant fun, but I can’t imagine us little lot in our leaky shed in Wales and a mighty [Hollywood] studio – can you imagine the meetings alone?! I’d do it – I can’t imagine they would. I can’t imagine they would do it, because they’re too protective. I would do it in a shot – of course I would!
And, frustratingly, he teased that the while there may be only twelve regenerations per Time Lord, there's a trick up his sleeve, and it's based on the old canon:
I think you should go back to your DVDs and count correctly this time, there’s something you’ve all missed.
Lotte Verbeek has been cast as Geillis Duncan in Ronald D. Moore's historical drama. Geillis is a "sly, 18th-century Scottish woman who dabbles in the black arts and befriends accidental time-traveler Claire," who also has "an ulterior motive for all of her seemingly supportive gestures.” [TV Line]
Executive producer Phil Klemmer hinted at what we'll be seeing in the next few episodes:
What we've found is that those stories just really resonate with the present day stories and they're so surprising to find out who each of our Tomorrow People were when they were just plain people. For instance, the Cara story for episode three is just so poignant and so powerful, and if you don't love Cara already, I just defy you to see the first installment of what made her who she is. There's real tragedy and pain.
And here's a photo of Luke Mitchell from tonight's episode and the sizzle reel for the season. [E! Online]
Curtis Armstrong tweeted that he's going to be filming two more episodes of Supernatural, saying that "Metatron returns. And he's no angel—-he's a very naughty boy!" [SpoilerTV]
American Horror Story: Coven
Ryan Murphy tweeted this set photo with the caption "Kyle has been a bad boy." [SpoilerTV]
Agents of SHIELD
Here's a clip from tonight's episode, "Eye Spy." [Coming Soon]
Robert Kirkman says that the theme for the season has already been established by the premiere:
It’s a lot of what comes from that woman [in the woods] in the first episode: It’s “Aren’t these people too far gone?” And “Can these people retain a little bit of humanity?” We’re going to be dealing with those questions a lot more intensely than we have thus far on the show. It’s all about Rick coming from this place where he kind of went off the deep end in season 3. Rick feels like he failed at everything he was trying to do and so this is him trying a different path and seeing if he can make that work.
He also teases the Governor's return and the character arcs for the season:
He’s definitely going to appear at some point this season. It’s possible there are elements of his return that have already been set up in some ways you might not have noticed. But when he returns it will be at a time when you least expect it.
I think that to a certain extent we will be exploring all characters more than we have. This show has been doing a lot of world-building for the first three seasons. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, this season we’re going to be intensely focused on the characters themselves. You’ll learn a lot more about Beth, you’ll learn a lot more about Daryl, you’ll learn a lot more about Rick. We’re going to be doing a lot of character work this season.
Colton Haynes talks about Roy and Thea's relationship and about unmasking the Hood:
I don’t even know that, actually. I think that’s going to be a really pivotal moment and I hope it happens in the second season because, if Roy finds out that Oliver is The Hood before Thea does, there’s going to be some sort of triangle of secrets there. That’s going to be something they’re going to play to in the second season – being secretive, finding out who you can really trust and who has ulterior motives.
That’s the goal of season two, to really explore their relationship, and relationships can be rocky. There are also some new characters coming in from very popular comic books that could possibly throw some kinks in and maybe cause some jealously between characters.
The upcoming masquerade is going to be a doozy, if you believe Joseph Morgan:
Well this party is actually hosted by Marcel. It’s not an Original evening, although myself and my sister turn up. I can tell you that there will be drama at the party, though not like you might expect. It will come in a very different form I think.
We learned a lot about Marcel in episode two, and we’re going to learn a little more about one of his guys this week, Thierry, who’s his cap-wearing right-hand man. We’re going to learn more about him. [Thierry is] played by Callard Harris, who’s really really good, so that’s nice, to get into that and then Marcel’s relationship with his guys. Also we’re going to see a lot of incredibly glamorous people at this Masquerade Ball, which was really a stunning thing to film. But, of course, it wouldn’t be the same if there wasn’t a little drama.
See a video of the ball at the link. [Entertainment Weekly]
More from Morgan, who tells TV Guide that Klaus and Marcel's relationship is going to change a fair bit:
It's going to be harder to pull the wool over Marcel's eyes, but that's what makes it interesting because there's this game between the two of them. They really don't trust each other, and they're really sussing each other up. But there are still moments where the cards are laid on the table and then they go back to playing the game. Klaus is going to have to constantly understand that Marcel does know what's going on and change accordingly.'
He also doesn't think there will be a "big bad" to unite the warring factions:
The whole thing is of such epic proportions that I don't know if they'll bring in a Big Bad. There have been alliances drawn, but we haven't had an introduction of someone where everybody involved goes, 'Wait a minute, let's team up and take on this person.' The great thing about this is you can already choose who to root for. And with the war brewing, the stakes are already high.
More at the link. [TV Guide]
Once Upon a Time
Ginnifer Goodwin explains that this season is all about the characters working together, as opposed to last season, which split them all apart:
In many ways, we were all sort of - not that we were separated last season, but everybody had a separate goal, and everybody had very different kinds of obstacles and reaching their goals, and now we have a common goal, and now our obstacles are also very similar. So, we are truly sharing storylines now. I really missed it. There's something that happens when a family is together on a road trip, and that something's gonna happen a lot this season on Once. I think that beneath all of the layers, I am convinced - and this is something that Lana and I discuss a lot - is the fact that there must be a layer of love underneath all of these layers of hate. Because the truth is, though Regina has tried to kill Snow several times, since the last time she tried to kill her, there have been ample opportunities, including the scene last year where she rips out Snow's heart. But something is now stopping her. I feel like there must be a sort of safety between these women at this point, that they feel like they can really go at it, and they know that they'll stop short of death, and so they can get a lot more out. I have found it to be a lot more fun. Our characters are sassing each other a whole lot more this season, and things are going further in some ways, because we've at least temporarily removed the threat of murder and are now able to have it out to a certain extent. I love seeing all of these characters together. Having to come together to reach a common goal means that all egos have to be checked. Every single character has to be willing to compromise. It's also really interesting to see what characters are willing to compromise what in order to ultimately save Henry.
More at the link. [K Site TV]
Here's the synopsis for this Sunday's episode, "Nasty Habits":
Mr. Gold makes a decision to confront Pan, but will he go there to save Henry or give in to the prophecy that the boy will be his undoing? Neal finds himself back in Neverland and in the custody of one of Pan’s most loyal Lost Boys. And David struggles for his life as the poison continues to take its toll on him. Meanwhile, in the Fairy Tale Land that was, Rumplestiltskin goes in search of a missing Bae, who has followed a mysterious figure who steals away children with his music.
At New York Comic Con, star Grant Bowler hinted that this season will be darker than the season before:
If anything's happened in between series, it's that everybody lost their jobs. So that thing that everyone distracts themselves with has been taken away from all these characters they're not now left only with all their flaws, what they're lacking, what they're missing and what they've lost.
Julie Benz also teased what's ahead for Amanda:
She's definitely an idealist. Especially in Season 1, she really believes in Defiance and in the town, but she's been damaged. But she's very good at covering it up and not revealing it. What I think's so exciting about Season 2 is we see the mask is removed, and we get to see kind of her darker side.
More at the link. [TV Guide]
Christopher Cousins is joining the cast this season as the recurring character, Victor Doyle. Doyle is a Patriot who will clash with Tom Neville. [Spoiler TV]
Seth Gabel, formerly of Fringe and Arrow, will star as Cotton Mather, the local magistrate who oversees the series' witch hunts. [TV Line]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Emily Stamm